Carragher: Quarters possible

Jamie Carragher says a last-eight berth would represent success for England at the 2014 World Cup.

Last Updated: 17/10/13 at 10:13 Post Comment

Hodgson: Carragher is pleased that he will be at World Cup

Hodgson: Carragher is pleased that he will be at World Cup

Roy Hodgson's side secured their place in next summer's finals by defeating Poland 2-0 at Wembley on Tuesday night, ensuring a fifth consecutive appearance at the competition since they failed to reach USA 1994.

England were knocked out at the last-16 stage by Germany in 2010 but Carragher - a member of Fabio Capello's squad in South Africa four years ago - thinks his country could go one round further this time.

"I think England will have had a good tournament if they get to the quarter-finals," said the Sky Sports pundit, who entered the fray as a substitute against USA in the last World Cup before starting against Algeria.

"It looks like we are going to be involved in a group with top nations and that would make it difficult to get out of, while you also need to take into account that it will be played in South America.

"There are different weather conditions as well, so if England could get to the knock-out stage they will have done well."

High profile

Carragher played under Hodgson during the 66-year-old's brief stint in charge of Liverpool, which came to an end after just six months with the Reds sitting 12th in the Premier League.

However, the Croydon-born coach guided Switzerland to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup and into Euro '96, and Carragher says he is pleased his former boss will get to manage in another major tournament.

"[Roy's] had a long managerial career, so every job is not going to go great," added the Anfield legend.

"The Liverpool one didn't go well, but he then went to West Brom and did a great job and before it at Fulham he did a great job.

"The England job and the Liverpool job are sort of similar because they are high profile, but England is a lot bigger really because the whole nation is looking at you.

"I'm pleased for the country and the players that are there - and for myself as a fan to watch it over the summer - but I am extra pleased for Roy."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger 'nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his biggest regret is missing out on signing Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Middlesborough defender Damia Abella has been ruled out for six months

Middlesbrough defender Damia Abella is facing up to six months out with a serious knee injury.

Newcastle assistant John Carver says sorry after row with fan at Southampton

Assistant manager John Carver has apologised for a heated row with a supporter before Newcastle's defeat at Southampton.

Mail Box

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property